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U.S. utility CEO: Move away from coal ‘saves everyone money’

first_imgU.S. utility CEO: Move away from coal ‘saves everyone money’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy News Network:In a speech this week to a large, business-friendly crowd in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Consumers Energy President and CEO Patti Poppe presented an economic case for solar power, electric vehicles and moving past coal.The company closed seven Michigan coal plants in 2016, cutting carbon emissions 25 percent without hurting its workforce. As the company focuses on solar in the coming years, Poppe said electric vehicles will play a growing role in the company’s “triple bottom line” principle of serving people, the planet and prosperity.It’s a big departure for a CEO who not too long ago had an “I love coal” bumper sticker on her car:Poppe conceded that Consumers previously “fought” solar adoption. Now the company is embracing it, planning up to 6,000 megawatts of solar in its portfolio by 2040. “We can have cleaner, more modular energy that more closely matches demand,” Poppe said. “It saves everyone money.”She said the build-out will be “a little bit of both” utility-scale and smaller distributed projects, but active farmland isn’t the company’s first choice for development. “We should be finding ways to use otherwise unusable land for solar — parking lots, warehouse rooftops,” she said.Earlier this year, the company announced it would be coal-free by 2040 and reduce carbon emissions by 90 percent while also reducing water usage and waste sent to landfills. The company also does not plan large capital investments in a natural gas plant. “It’s a win-win-win,” she said. “That’s why it’s not an economic risk to move away from a traditional energy source like coal.”More: Four key takeaways from a Michigan utility’s clean energy transitionlast_img read more

Carroll’s Blast Helps Argonauts Earn Split

first_img Share Carroll’s Blast Helps Argonauts Earn Split March 31, 2007Box Score PENSACOLA, Fla. – Julie Carroll’s (Calgary, Alberta, Canada/Liberty Univ.) three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning helped lift West Florida to a 4-1 win over 13th Alabama-Huntsville on Saturday at the UWF Softball Complex. West Florida (23-18, 3-5 GSC) earned a split of the double header, while Alabama-Huntsville (31-10, 4-4) lost for just the second time in the last 10 games.After Taren Walton (Pensacola, Fla./Daytona Beach CC) and Alabama-Huntsville starter Courtney Hudson held both teams scoreless over the first three innings, Alabama-Huntsville scored first in the top of the fourth inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Anna Parker drove in a run with an RBI single up the middle. But Walton settled down and retired the next two Lady Charger hitters to limit the damage. Third baseman Valerie Staub (East Brunswick, N.J./Wallace-Dothan CC) made a diving stop and threw out Erin Duke at first base to end the inning.West Florida took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth inning. Medley came in to relieve Hudson and gave up a lead off single to Nicky VanCamp (Davenport, Iowa/Kirkwood CC). After Emily Burge (Pace, Fla./Pace HS) reached on a fielder’s choice, runners were at second and third with one out after Staub’s successful sacrifice bunt. As the rain began falling, Carroll drove a pitch that was just inside the foul pole for her third home run of the season.West Florida tacked on an insurance run in the fifth inning. After Ashlee Simpson (Decatur, Ala./Jefferson State CC) doubled and advanced to third on an error, Walton laid down a bunt on the squeeze play that scored Simpson and gave West Florida a 4-1 lead.With one out in the top of the seventh inning, Alabama-Huntsville put runners at first and third after a single and error. But Walton retired Caroline Weatherly and pinch-hitter Sage Woodham on fly outs to seal the win.Walton (11-6) limited Alabama-Huntsville to one run on five hits while striking out five in a complete game victory. Medley (9-5) suffered the loss for Alabama-Huntsville after allowing four runs on six hits while striking out two in three innings of relief. Simpson led West Florida offensively with three hits and extended her hitting streak to nine games.West Florida will be back in action on Sunday against North Alabama (24-12, 5-3 GSC). First pitch of the double header is set for 12 p.m. CST. Listen to the game on Stretch Internet and follow the game with live stats on the softball home page of www.goargos.comPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more